Cyprus -Finance minister aims at public sector wage freeze -November 24, 2011

Cyprus will almost certainly need a bailout from its eurozone partners if tougher spending cuts and tax hikes are not taken right now, the country's Finance Minister warned on Friday 18 November. Kikis Kazamias says his ministry is looking to freeze government workers' salaries for two years and save a total €355 million as part of an approach to prevent the country from joining Greece, Ireland and Portugal in seeking a bailout. He also wants to introduce a scaled surtax on private sector salaries above €2,500 monthly and an additional levy of 0.5% on domestic company turnover. The newly proposed measures are on top of a €840 million austerity package.



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